Sudbury band are the perfect mix of youth and talent

CLASH OF THE TITANS: From left, Jason Rampling, Andy Prentice and Oliver Summers, who make up Sudbury band Gareth Vs The Shark, have released their debut single.
CLASH OF THE TITANS: From left, Jason Rampling, Andy Prentice and Oliver Summers, who make up Sudbury band Gareth Vs The Shark, have released their debut single.

A Sudbury band named after two bizarre cocktails are hoping they will be toasting success after releasing their first single.

Indie trio Gareth Vs The Shark – consisting of guitarist and singer Oliver Summers, his cousin and drummer Jason Rampling, both 19, and bassist Andy Prentice, 20 – have put debut single Old Friend on iTunes and Spotify.

The band formed 18 months ago and came up with their unique name in the age-old traditions of many groups before them – after a session in the pub.

“We were having a few drinks at The White Horse in Sudbury and came to the cocktails menu,” said Oliver, from Crayford Road.

“There were drinks called a ‘green Gareth’ and ‘fuzzy shark’ on the menu – one of us said ‘it’s Gareth versus the shark’ and we’ve never looked back.”

The band have been played on BBC Introducing Essex and even on American internet radio stations. Having gigged mainly in Colchester, the former Sudbury Upper and Great Cornard Upper School pupils have summer shows lined up in London and Cambridge.

“We are just seeing where it goes and putting a lot of effort in,” said Oliver, who works part-time at Tesco in Sudbury.